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Then the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.”
Judges 6:11-12 (NASB)

It never fails to amaze me how you can return to previous scripture readings and see something that you didn’t see before; that is the case in today’s scripture which I last read on the 1st of April this year. As I read my notes I was struck by the directness of God’s call to Gideon: The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.”  Let me tell you folks, I have never had such an astonishing experience in my life. Yet I am sure that he has spoken to me on various occasions in different ways (through people, the Bible, Music/TV, news etc.), but never quite as cool as Gideon’s encounter.

Clearly Gideon misunderstood the nature of the call, thinking it to be a call of the whole nation. But the angel of the LORD makes it crystal clear; “Go in this YOUR strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent YOU?” [emphasis mine] (Judges 6:14). Further still Gideon starts making excuses, regarding his youth and the lowly status of his family in society but the visitor has another answer for him; “Surely I will be with YOU, and YOU shall defeat Midian as one man.” [emphasis mine] (Judges 6:16). Brethren believe me God can call you too, and yes our human nature will look for excuses and confirmation as Gideon did (Judges 6:17-21). If God calls you to service, He will reassure you and confirm it to you too.

Our God doesn’t mess around, when He wants something done by a man today, he makes Himself heard clearly in one or even several ways. There is no indication why Gideon was chosen, other than that God chose Him. If God chooses a man as He chose Gideon, there is no need for any other explanation than being chosen by Almighty God! In relation to this subject, today I began reading “The Man God Uses” by Oswald J. Smith, and he had this to say about men who choose to be for God:

“to be a man after God’s own heart means to put God first; to walk with Him
every moment; to do nothing that would displease Him and to allow nothing that
would grieve Him; to live a life of practical righteousness and holiness before Him;
to give Him our undivided attention, and to love Him supremely.” Oswald J. Smith.

Dear reader, if you long to serve Him in whatever way He chooses, first make yourself ready. Follow the guidance of Oswald J. Smith above, be frequently in God’s Word and in prayer. Secondly brethren, make yourself available in every circumstance of each day. In these End Times the church needs real men for God.

Where writers for God can be found!

10 thoughts on “A Man For God

  1. Yes Sir! It is God’s call NOT ours. We are merely clay in His hands, being shaped into the vessel He desires. May we always be willing to be shaped by His hands!

    Mitch Teemley shared the following John Ruskin quote on his site. It was so great I had to write it down!

    “Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”

    Great post brother. Somehow you churn out every day what it takes me a week to accomplish. More power to you!

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    1. Thank you kindly sir! And what an awesome quote by Mitch Teemley (originally by John Ruskin). I may just add that to my diary/journal too 😉
      Your recent post is a real beauty too David, I recognise a real talent in it that many others have to work hard to achieve. God bless you brother.

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  2. Real men of God have women of Faith who stand beside him and they nurture and encourage each other. A man of Faith if he is out front becoming the main focus needs to take care that his wife and children honor God because of his being a man of faith in their lives too!. I have seen too many women in my life because Men of Faith chose to keep their wives in the shadows with their God Gifts not being nurtured, who lived happy but spiritually unfulfilled lives. Gifts the church so desperately needed.
    I love the example of Oswald Chambers wife who preserved and published all her husband’s writings after his untimely death, because he was a Man of Faith and made certain she was always sharing in his spiritual life so she could with faith acknowledge his anointed work and quietly accept that she was the backbone of support to him.

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    1. Absolutely correct Faye! In fact I watched a Paul Washer sermon on the very same thing last night. Thank you for the information about Oswald Chambers family ministry.

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